Vandebilt pulls away from Helen Cox in second half


Vandebilt Catholic's boys soccer team turned a forgettable first half into a second-half rout, picking up three second-half goals in a 4-0 victory over Helen Cox in non-district play at Buddy Marcello Stadium Wednesday.

Vandebilt (2-3-1 overall) took an early lead on a goal from Andrew Teuton, who went on to complete a hat trick in the second half.

But Teuton's early goal was the only score of the first half as Vandebilt led just 1-0 at halftime, and Terriers coach Matt Kelso was not pleased with Vandebilt's first-half showing.

"Our first-half performance was terrible," Kelso said. "We were very timid, passive, and I think we showed a lack of respect and disrespected ourselves for doing that. We've got to go lead by example and we didn't do that in the first half."

The Terriers went right to work early in the second half. Christopher Wood scored from about 15 yards out in front of the goal, slipping a power kick just past Helen Cox goalie Taysir Ahmad to give Vandebilt a 2-0 lead four minutes into the half.

Teuton added two more goals, the first on a side kick around 13 minutes into the half to make it 3-0. He later added another goal with about 16 minutes to play in the game that extended Vandebilt's lead to 4-0 and capped the Terriers' scoring.

"We spoke at halftime, changed our formation up and attacked more, and it freed up the intensity in the second half," Kelso said. "We left a lot of shots out there, but we're happy to get the victory."

Although Helen Cox (3-5) failed to score, Cougars coach Jose Blanco said his team's overall defensive effort was strong.

"Vandebilt is an outstanding team and very out to strike. They go for the kill. That way, they can drop back and let the defense do their work," Blanco said. "We recognize that and give them much respect, but overall it was a good measuring stick for us to do what we do and hopefully our district won't be as bad as Vandebilt's (defense)."

VANDEBILT 9, HELEN COX 0 (GIRLS)

At Houma, Vandebilt Catholic started strong and led 7-0 at halftime en route to the victory. The Lady Terriers had two goals apiece from Makelle Pena, Kim Grasso, Taylor Tanner and Grace Champagne.

The Lady Terriers improved to 9-0 with the victory.

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 3, H.L. BOURGEOIS 1 (BOYS)

At Houma, the Cardinals improved to 3-2-3 overall with the nondistrict victory at Tom B. Smith Stadium. Rene Thibodaux, Dillion Pierce and Colby Masse each scored goals for the Cardinals.

The match was tied at 1 at halftime, and B.J. Gros got the victory in goal for E.D. White.

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 4, MORGAN CITY 3 (BOYS)

At Morgan City, the Tarpons trailed 3-0 at the half, but got a second-half hat trick from Taylor Keller and the game-winning goal from Tyler Dufrene to take the nondistrict victory.

The Tarpons (2-1) also got two assists from Jobie Chiasson and another from Junior Matute.

Jose Carlos Gonzales was the winning goalie for South Lafourche.

MORGAN CITY 6, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 0 (GIRLS)

At Morgan City, the Lady Tarpons were shutout in the nondistrict loss.

 

— Staff Writer Kelly McElroy.